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Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Face Palette

Sephora + Pantone Universe - Alchemy of Color Face Palette - Packaging

The Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Face Palette was gifted to me by Klarisse (along with super cute book plates) a long time ago, and I had just gotten a hold of it a few months ago because of scheduling conflicts. This was released back in 2012 (Tangerine Tango was the color of the year)… so, you know, I doubt you can still get this at Sephora. Still, I wanted to share this thoughtful gift, so here we go!

Sephora + Pantone Universe - Alchemy of Color Face Palette - Pans

The Alchemy of Color Face Palette includes two sides of pans that are separated into three mini pans. One side has a blush/bronzer theme, and the other is made up of highlighter-y products. There is a “Get the Look” video by Sephora that’s still up: Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Face Palette: Chiseled Bronze

Sephora + Pantone Universe - Alchemy of Color Face Palette - Blush Swatches

The blush/bronzer side is made up of a blush in Pantone 14-1714 TPX or Quartz Pink (the biggest pan), a deeper dusty pink bronzer/blush in Pantone 17-1514 TPX or Ash Rose (the medium pan), and a strip of a warm brown in Pantone 16-1328 TPX or Sandstone. The shades are all shimmer-free, and would probably suit pale to medium skin tones.

Sephora + Pantone Universe - Alchemy of Color Face Palette - Highlight Swatches

The highlighter side has Pantone 14-1122 TPX or Sheepskin taking up the largest pan. It has a pretty sheen to it, no shimmer. The next, slightly smaller pan is Pantone 12-1107 TPX or Pink Champagne and the strip next to it is Pantone 11-1005 TPX or Bridal Blush, which actually translates as more of a pink in the swatches. These last two shades are super shimmery, which makes me apprehensive about using them as a highlighter. The first golden shade was used as an eyeshadow in the Chiseled Bronze video.

Sephora + Pantone Universe - Alchemy of Color Face Palette - Highlighter Swatches 2

Sephora + Pantone Universe - Alchemy of Color Face Palette - Back Cover
This is what the back looks like.

And this is what it looks like on my face:
Sephora Face

I used all of the shades (back when I had longer hair!) and to be honest, in natural lighting, it doesn’t look like much of a difference. It’s definitely a subtly palette, which is why I don’t think that people with deeper skin tones can use this.

I felt like I was misrepresenting this palette (lol), so I made a new look today, using some of the shades in the palette (I didn’t use Sandstone and Sheepskin) in this look:
Sephora Pantone Face Palette - Face 2

I think it gives a healthy glow and a super subtle contour. From afar, the highlight is really pretty and natural-looking.

Sephora Pantone Face Palette - Face 1

The sparkles are much more obvious up close:
Sephora Pantone Face Palette - Cheeks

I do like them on the eyes, though:

Sephora Pantone Face Palette - Eyes 2

I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pacific on my lids. It’s a cool blue color, and I have no idea why I have it/why I used it, but I think it turned out to be a pretty look. Pink Champagne was patted all over the inner 2/3 of the lid, and I used Addiction e/s in Truffle on the outer 1/3 to anchor everything down and a bit of Le Métier de Beauté e/s in Tamarack to blend out the harsh edges by the crease.

Sephora Pantone Face Palette - Eyes 1

For the eyeliner I used the Kate Super Sharp Liner in BK-1, which I got for a 2-for-1 deal, and for mascara, I used the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara* which is a pretty natural mascara for definition. The formula’s pretty dry, so there wasn’t much buildage of volume.

I didn’t think much of this palette at first (honestly, I think glitter still scares me, deep down), but I am putting it in rotation so I can play with it some more! Thank you to Klarisse for being awesome and thinking of me. 🙂

* PR Sample.

Sephora, Max Factor, Addiction and Kate are not cruelty-free. Le Métier de Beauté is cruelty-free.

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